Stephen Pretz Jr.

Smart Utopian City

Do you believe in an ideal society in which everything is done for the common good of all people and everyone lives in happiness?

Well, those who do call this type of place a utopia, which by definition is an imagined place in which everything is perfect. Sir Thomas More in the 16th century originally coined the word ‘utopia’ in a book of the same name in which he outlined a fictional society with a shared common way of life. Utopias can be dreamt of in different ways by different people of different backgrounds and experiences, all having contrasting priorities of their own vision of a Utopian society. Utopias should all have basic ideas that guarantee freedoms and abilities for its citizens to live their lives as they please. In addition to these basic ideas, the implementation of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics can increase the effectiveness of what a utopia sets out to do. 

Utopias have core aspects which make it Utopian in my view, these aspects being the freedom to pursue life goals, freedom of movement, limited government for safety, land and housing guarantees, and schooling being readily available. But, with the use of technologies we can enhance this Utopian experience through artificial intelligence and robotics which aid in production of food, promoting community safety, and streamlining of jobs that are repetitive.

Technology today is ever changing, and rapidly at that. There are new technologies in the works right now looking to solve worldwide problems but also enhance the lives we currently live. It can be argued that today, without technology, our world would be at a standstill given the current situation, but technology was there to take over when it was not feasible for people to come together. So, in that aspect we have much to thank technology for how it betters our lives today, but there are repercussions, whether they are seen or not that can be argued against the implementation of technology.

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